What If eBird Data Was Used to Choose New State/Provincial Birds? 

The April 2023 edition of the Cornell Lab eNews posed an interesting question: What if eBird data was used to chose new state/provincial birds? In this five-part article series, you can learn more about what birds might be better choices, including how many would keep their current choice!

Seven states chose Northern Cardinal as their state bird, six chose Western Meadowlark, and five chose Northern Mockingbird. Nothing against these beloved and familiar species, but a state-bird shake-up might provide a chance to better showcase the rich diversity of North American birdlife. In this lighthearted thought experiment, Macaulay Library applications programmer Matt Smith used eBird data to inform a new list of state and provincial birds. 

“For example, instead of South Carolina’s eponymous Carolina Wren, eBird suggests the cute little Brown-headed Nuthatch, with 12.7% of the global population living year-round in the state. South Carolina also has the second-highest population density of Brown-headed Nuthatches.”

Click on each of the links below to learn more!

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Lab eNews, April 2023

Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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